uppity

uppity

[uhp-i-tee]
adjective Informal.
1.
affecting an attitude of inflated self-esteem; haughty; snobbish.
2.
rebelliously self-assertive; not inclined to be tractable or deferential.

Origin:
1875–80, Americanism; probably up + -ity, extended form of -y1; cf. pernickety

uppityness, noun
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uppity (ˈʌpɪtɪ)
 
adj
1.  not yielding easily to persuasion or control
2.  another word for uppish
 
[from up + fanciful ending, perhaps influenced by -ity]

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uppity
1880, from up + -ity; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus"). The parallel British variant uppish (1678) originally meant "lavish;" the sense of "conceited, arrogant" being first recorded 1734.
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